Only in Performing the Duty of a Created Being Well Is There Value in Living
You are all busy performing your duties now, training to preach and bear witness to the word of God, and to God’s work in the last days. Whether it’s making movies or singing hymns to bear witness for God, are the duties that you perform of value to corrupt mankind? (They are.) Where is their value? Their value lies in helping people to embark upon the right path after seeing these words and truths expressed by God, and in helping people to understand that they are part of the creation, and that they should come before the Creator. Lots of people are unable to see through to or comprehend many of the things that they face. They feel helpless and that life is meaningless and empty, and they have no spiritual sustenance. What is the source of all this? The answer to all of this lies in the word of God. Over the years that you have believed in God, you have all read much of His word and you have understood a certain number of truths, so the duty that you ought to fulfill is to use the word of God to enlighten them and solve their erroneous thoughts and views, enabling them to understand the truth within the word of God and to see through to the darkness and evil of the world, as well as helping them to seek the true way, find the Creator, hear God’s voice, and read His words. This will allow them to apprehend some truths and see the work of salvation that God is doing, so that they may turn to Him and accept His work. That is exactly the duty that you ought to perform. You all know in your hearts how many truths you have understood and how many problems you have solved since coming to believe in God. Nowadays, there are many people, both religious people and unbelievers, who are seeking the true way and looking for the Savior. They do not know the answers to specific questions such as why people live and die, what the value and meaning of a person’s life is, or where people come from and where they are going. They are waiting for you to preach the gospel and bear witness for God, and to lead them before the Creator—that is why the duties you’re performing now are very meaningful! In one respect, you yourself are experiencing God’s work, and in another, you are also testifying to others about God’s work. The more you experience this, the more truths you will need to understand and be equipped with, and the more work you will need to do. This is an excellent opportunity for God to perfect people. You should pray to God and look to God no matter what difficulties you encounter when performing your duties; when everyone reads the word of God and seeks the truth together more, there is no problem that cannot be solved. There are many truths in the word of God that you need to understand, so you should ponder and fellowship on them often, then you will have the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit. There is no problem that cannot be solved by relying on God, in this you must have faith.
After God created this mankind, He formed a management plan. In the past few thousand years, this mankind did not shoulder any major responsibility or commission to bear witness for the Creator, and the work that God did among mankind was relatively hidden and simple. However, in the last days, things are no longer the same. The Creator has begun to utter words. He has expressed so many truths, and revealed the mysteries of His management plan, but corrupt mankind is dull-witted and numb: People see but they don’t know, and they hear but they don’t understand, as though their hearts have waxed gross. Therefore, you all bear a great responsibility! What is so great about it? In addition to spreading these words and truths expressed by God, it is more important still that you bear witness for the Creator to each and every created human being, and that you also bring all those created human beings who have heard the gospel of God before the Creator, so that they may comprehend the significance of God’s creation of mankind, and understand that, as created human beings, they should return before the Creator, listen to His utterances, and accept all the truths that He has expressed. This is how all human beings can be made to submit to the Creator’s sovereignty and arrangements. Is it possible to achieve these results by reading just a few passages from the word of God? Or by learning to sing just a few hymns? Or by doing only one aspect of the work? No. Therefore, if you are to perform your duties well, you must bear witness for the Creator’s actions and His sovereignty and arrangements using various methods and different forms. In this way, you will be able to bring more people before the Creator and help them to accept and submit to His sovereignty and arrangements. Isn’t this a great responsibility? (It is.) What attitude should you adopt toward your duties, then? Is it alright to be muddleheaded? Is it alright to turn a blind eye to things? Is it alright to do things halfheartedly and perfunctorily? To procrastinate and go about things casually? (No.) So what should you do? (Commit wholeheartedly.) You should commit yourselves wholeheartedly, using whatever bit of energy, experience, and insight you have. Unbelievers don’t understand what the most meaningful thing a person can do in their life is, but you do understand something about this, don’t you? (Yes.) Accepting what God has entrusted you with and fulfilling your own mission—these are the most important things. The duties you’re performing now are valuable! You may not see the effects right now, and you may not be getting great results from them right now, but it will not be long until they bear fruit. In the long run, if this work is done well, money will not suffice to measure the contribution it makes to mankind. Such true testimonies are more precious and valuable than anything else, and they will last for all eternity. These are the good deeds of every person who follows God, and they are something worth commemorating. Everything in man’s life is empty and unworthy of commemoration, apart from believing in God, pursuing the truth, and fulfilling their duty as a created being. Even if you have accomplished the most earth-shaking of feats; even if you have been to the Moon and back; even if you have made scientific advances that have been of some benefit or help to mankind, it is futile and all of it will pass away. What is the only thing that will not pass away? (The word of God.) Only the word of God, testimonies to God, all of the testimonies and works that bear witness for the Creator, and people’s good deeds will not pass away. These things will last forever, and they are so valuable. So, cast off all your restrictions, carry out this great endeavor, and don’t let yourselves be constrained by any people, events, and things; sincerely expend yourselves for God, and pour all your energy and effort into performing your duties. This is the thing that God blesses most of all, and it is worth any amount of suffering!
You follow God now, you listen to the word of God, and you accept the commission of the Creator. Sometimes it is a little difficult and tiring, and sometimes you receive a little humiliation and refinement; but these are good things, not bad things. What is it that you will gain, in the end? What you will gain is the truth and the life, and ultimately, the Creator’s approval and affirmation of you. God says, “You follow Me, and I favor you, and am pleased by you.” If God says nothing other than that you are a created being in His eyes, then you have not been living in vain, and you are useful. It is amazing to be acknowledged by God in this way, and it is no small feat. If people follow Satan, what will they gain? (Destruction.) Before they are destroyed, what will those people become? (They will become demons.) Those people will become demons. No matter how many skills people acquire, how much money they earn, how much fame and fortune they obtain, how many material benefits they enjoy, or how high their status is in the secular world, on the inside, they will become more and more corrupt, more and more evil and dirty, more and more rebellious and hypocritical, and ultimately, they will become living ghosts—they will become inhuman. So how are such people seen in the eyes of the Creator? Just “inhuman,” and that’s it? What is the Creator’s view and attitude toward such a person? It is aversion, disgust, abhorrence, rejection, and ultimately curses, punishment, and destruction. People walk different paths and end up with different outcomes. Which path do you choose? (To believe in God and to follow Him.) To choose to follow God is to choose the right path: It is to embark upon the path of light. If people want to live a worthwhile and meaningful life, have a clear conscience, and truly return before the Creator and to His side, they must wholeheartedly devote themselves, satisfying and glorifying God by fulfilling their duties as created beings—they cannot be half-hearted. You should say, “In my lifetime and in this world, I don’t expect to make a fortune, to stand out among others, or to bring honor to my ancestors, to gain preeminence among my peers, or to be thought highly of—I won’t fight for these things. I won’t follow that path. I will simply follow God and dedicate my life, my energy, and what abilities, gifts, and talents I have, to performing my duty, I will devote them all to God. During this time, even if I am spurned by others and at times I am dealt with and pruned, or misunderstood by my brothers and sisters; or if God refines and tests me, and causes me much suffering; or if I have no pleasures of the flesh in this life and find myself alone and uncared for—I accept all of these things and dedicate my whole being to God.” This is the will you must have! With a will such as this, one can endure many hardships, but without it, if one has only a desire or a sudden burst of enthusiasm, it will not work: There is no motivation. When busy with their duties, some people skip a couple of meals and get a bit less sleep, and when they see that they do not look well, they think, “This isn’t working. No matter how busy I am, I need to rest; I can’t get old before my time, and I can’t endure so many hardships. It’s important to take care of my health.” What do you think about these thoughts? They are inconsiderate of God’s will. They treasure the flesh more than they treasure their own duty and God’s commission; at the first taste of suffering, they lose their willingness, and they back down like a turtle retracting its head and start complaining; they are not capable of worrying about the things that God worries about, and they are not able to think about the things that God thinks about, they are inconsiderate of God’s will. If a leader says that a task is very urgent, people like this will reply, “I couldn’t care less about that, and I don’t want the inconvenience. I’m not interested.” Do people like that exist? (Yes, they do.) Such people are selfish, contemptible, and treacherous. They play tricks, they are not trustworthy, and they are not people who sincerely want God. They will say, too, that they have dedicated themselves to God, but these are mere words—these people do not handle any practical matters, they do not suffer the slightest hardship, or pay the slightest price. God does not delight in people such as these, and they do not have His blessing. Some people become unwilling to perform their duties as soon as their flesh suffers a little. Young people, in particular, care a lot about their appearance and become sad when they see their faces are haggard, that their skin is no longer smooth, or when they find a gray hair. They are always worried about becoming old and ugly, about not being able to find a partner, or about not being able to start a family. Can such people obtain the truth? What is God’s principle for judging whether people are able to pay a price in performing their duties, and whether they perform their duties to an acceptable standard? God simply wants to see people’s sincerity. Sometimes people think, “I’ll just offer up my heart, and that’ll be enough,” yet they go about doing what they normally do, without changing in the slightest way. How does God regard this matter? In one respect, God will look at your aspirations, and in another, He will look at your real actions. God will examine these things. If you have the aspiration and the will and at the same time can really pay a price, then even if you are weak at times, God will see that your heart has not truly given up, and that it is still striving upward, and that you love the truth, fairness, righteousness, and positive things, and He will not abandon you. Some people speak quite well, but their hearts are unmoved; they do not practice the slightest bit of the truth, and all they do is try to fool others. They have no choice but to speak in this way, this is how they handle the people around them. They may sound somewhat respectable, but in reality, they are unwilling to act. Even if they do act, they do not practice what they say. Instead, they do whatever they want, whatever is good for them, and whatever will protect them. Is there not a discrepancy between their words and actions? Can God see this discrepancy? God scrutinizes, and He is all too able to see it. Some people are deceitful and play little tricks. They think God does not know, that He neither cares nor sees. Is this really the case? How does God handle honest people and those who play little tricks? Can you see the difference between God’s treatment of these two types of people? (God blesses the honest and abhors the deceitful.) How does God bless honest people? What do you think about honest people having God’s blessing? (Honest people get results in their duties.) (God enlightens honest people, and honest people can easily understand the truth and enter into reality.) (God loves and cares for honest people, and only the honest can enter the kingdom of God.) These statements are all correct, and these are God’s blessings to honest people. Can you not see now the difference and attitude of God in His treatment of different people and of people who walk different paths? Honest people do foolish things and experience weakness, too; but they have God’s enlightenment and guidance, they enjoy His protection, and they can see His blessings everywhere. God disciplines, prunes, and deals with them, or tests and refines them, to make them change and grow. People who always play tricks in their words and actions, and who are always slippery and shirking responsibility in the fulfillment of their duties, are those who do not accept the truth at all. They do not have the work of the Holy Spirit, which is like living in a quagmire, in darkness. No matter how they grope, no matter how hard they try, they can neither see the light nor find a direction. They perform their duties without inspiration and without God’s guidance, hitting a wall in many matters, and they are unwittingly exposed while doing some things. What is the purpose of exposing them? It is so that everyone may discern them and see through to what kind of people they are. In fact, these kinds of people are all service-doers. After they finish rendering service, without having undergone any real transformation, they will begin to be exposed and cast out. Those who have committed all sorts of evil acts will be punished and, like unbelievers, they will die all sorts of horrible deaths. Some people have spoken blasphemous and presumptuous words, and consequently God no longer wants them, and He delivers them to Satan. Can delivering them to Satan still yield good results? Without God’s protection, Satan will torment them and act upon them; they will become possessed by demons, they will appear ghostly, until they are tormented to death by evil spirits. Doesn’t God treat different people in different ways? When God works in people, He is moving them, providing them with enlightenment and guidance, and transforming their inner states. Good people like to be honest more and more, because only by being honest can they perform their duties well and embark on the path of pursuing the truth. Only by being honest can they gain the work of the Holy Spirit and constantly reflect on themselves, not rebelling against God, submitting to God in the things that befall them, and seeking and striving for the truth in all things. This is exactly what God requires of people, and when they have met His requirements, He works in them, enlightening them, illuminating them, guiding them, and blessing them. God sets aside those who are sick of and hate the truth. How does God handle bad and evil people who commit all sorts of evil acts and consistently disrupt and disturb the work of the church? God will expose them and deliver them to Satan. They will start to cause trouble and reveal their true face, they will say adverse and negative things involuntarily, and sow discord, acting like clowns. They will do many bad things, which will cause disruptions and disturbances in the church, and when God’s chosen people understand the truth, and can discern and expose them, they will be cleared out and expelled. Is it their own choice? (No.) This is how things end for people who do not accept the truth and do not attend to their proper duties. When people do not walk the right path, if God delivers them to Satan and its little demons, then they are completely ruined and irreparably abandoned. Once they have been exposed, they will ponder, “What’s going on? Did I cause trouble? Was I disruptive, did I create a disturbance? Why was I not aware of this?” God surveys everything, and if He arranges environments to expose them and cast them out, then that will come to pass very quickly. It is possible that, after one or two incidents, they will be found to be evil people, and handled accordingly. There are some things that God takes care of personally, and there are other things that He does by using little demons, Satan, or evil spirits to render service for Him. In one respect, He perfects and edifies God’s chosen people; in another, He exposes and casts out evil people. If you measure this using your notions and think that it is not something done by God, that He does not do such things, that these things are not orchestrated by Him, is that not wrong? All things are in God’s hands, and you will know this once you have experienced it.
Although some people believe in God, their hearts are still in the secular world; they may perform their duties, but they still dream of becoming rich. Their hearts remain restless and dissatisfied, and sometimes they want to leave God’s house, but they fear they will not receive blessings and that they will fall into the disasters, so all they can do is perform their duties in a perfunctory manner. At times they may spread negativity and complain a little, and although they have not done a great deal of evil, they do not play a positive role. Is God aware of this behavior of theirs? (He is.) Are people aware? Oftentimes, people do not see it. They feel that such people are good, that in performing their duties, they are early to rise and late to bed, and that they are able to endure hardships and pay a price, but they just occasionally experience weakness and do not like to interact with others. But God knows what these people think in their hearts and how they act, and He has suitable arrangements. When the time comes, He allows illness to befall them, and once they are sick, they cannot perform their duties. What does this mean? It means that they are removed from the ranks of those who perform duties. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? (A bad thing.) All of you are willing to perform your duties loyally, you do not want to face tribulations, sickness, or pain, and you feel that these delay the performance of your duties. But those who do not want to do their duties will feel that it is a good thing if they face tribulations or sickness, and they think, “This time I’ve found a reason, an excuse; I don’t need to perform my duty anymore.” In fact, this is a bad thing: It means that God no longer wants them, that they no longer count, and this is God’s way of removing them. After being removed, their illnesses may unexpectedly clear up, and once they are better, they will go to work and earn money, living their lives and making their fortunes. God does not want this kind of person—what does it mean when God no longer wants someone? It means that this person has no outcome; they have disappeared from God’s sight, and they no longer have any chance at receiving salvation. God predestined and chose them but henceforth detests and rejects them; He decides not to save this kind of person, but to eradicate them from His house. This kind of person will never be saved by God. From this moment on, they have lost any chance of salvation. No matter what they do or how they behave, God no longer wants them. If God no longer wants someone, is that the end of it? This person’s story is not over yet. Before God chooses a person, they live under Satan’s dominion. After God chooses them, they come to God’s house and live under God’s care and protection. When they resist and betray God, and God cuts them off, where do they return to? (To Satan’s dominion.) They return to being under Satan’s dominion once again. This signifies that God has delivered them back to Satan, meaning, “I no longer want this person. They do not accept the truth; I give them to you,” and Satan takes them. That person returns to Satan and no longer has any chance of salvation. What does a person lose when God gives them back to Satan? What consequences and end will come upon them? You should be clear on this. To be cast out by God is no simple matter, and it is certainly not because of a person’s momentary transgression, for God saves people to the greatest extent possible and does not cast them out lightly. When a person is chosen by God, what does that person gain from Him? (The chance to be saved.) What else? (They gain the truth.) Yes, naturally they must obtain the truth in order to receive God’s salvation. When God chooses a person and leads them from Satan’s dominion into His house, does Satan dare lay out any conditions for God? It doesn’t dare lay out any conditions, nor does it dare say anything. If God says, “This person is Mine, you are no longer permitted to touch them,” then Satan obediently surrenders that person. This person’s food, clothing, lodging, transportation, and every move are under God’s care and eyes, and without God’s permission, Satan will not dare to touch that person again. What does this imply? It means that the person lives completely under God’s care and protection, with neither interference nor encroachment from outside forces, and that their day-to-day joy, sorrow, and pain are all under the scrutiny of God’s eyes, and under His care and protection. Should some disaster or calamity occur, God will let that person avoid it, and they will be fine; while the unbelievers and those whom God has not chosen will have whatever fate they deserve. If they should die, they will die; if they should suffer disaster, they will suffer disaster. No person can change this, and no person can save anyone else. When calamities strike, they befall many people; but how is it that these disasters do not befall you? This is God’s protection. Neither Satan, nor the little devils, nor the evil spirits dare touch you. When they come before you, it is as if they were blocked by a restricted area ahead of them, as if they were seeing the words, “Do not touch this person,” or as if they were glimpsing a decree of heaven, and they do not dare touch you, and you are protected. You have led a very good life over these years, everything has gone well, and you have been able to fulfill your duty normally—this is someone being protected by the hands of God. However, after the person I just mentioned receives God’s protection, they neither feel it nor are they conscious of it. They say, “It’s probably because of luck or good fortune that I’ve lived in peace all these years, and that Satan and those little devils have stayed far away from me.” This person does not say that this was God’s protection, nor do they know to repay God’s love and grace. They do not perform their duty well, and instead they cause disruptions and disturbances, and they only do bad things. God sees their consistent behavior, examines their innermost being, and gives them time and opportunity for many years, yet they still do not repent. So, God says that this person cannot be saved, and finally decides to give them back to Satan. This person is a worthless thing, and God no longer wants them. Who is happiest when God casts out this person? Satan is happiest, and says, “How wonderful it is to have another little demon in my camp, another accomplice!” That person, who is simple-minded and does not know to be afraid, returns to Satan’s embrace in this way. What things will Satan do to them? (It will trample and harm them.) Satan is so good at harming people that some become possessed by demons, some develop strange illnesses, and some suddenly behave abnormally, revealing their demonic appearance as though they were insane. Satan often harms and devours people in this way. This is the nature of Satan’s actions: It relies on trickery and wickedness, and uses various methods to lure people into submission, to harm and devour them. Are Satan’s methods of harming people limited to these? Definitely not. Satan does not just corrupt people by harming, ruining, and ravaging them, like people say. It has many more insidious and vicious means, all of which are experienced firsthand by corrupt mankind. After people are given over to Satan, some of them suddenly become particularly clever and adept at employing tricks; all of a sudden, their career paths become remarkably smooth, and they get promoted and become wealthy. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? (A bad thing.) This is a good thing in the eyes of man, so how can it be considered a bad thing? (These people have fallen for Satan’s tricks and they will become increasingly separated from God.) They get promoted and become wealthy, and everything goes well for them; before long, they become tycoons, with money, status, and renown. They live very well and completely return to the secular world. Can they still think of God at this time? Do they still want to believe in God? Do they still have God in their hearts? (No.) They have entirely distanced themselves from God and turned away from the true way, and they have been completely taken captive by Satan. They are no longer members of God’s house; they have become unbelievers, and in that way they are utterly ruined. Can such people still enjoy God’s protection? (They cannot.) What condition are they in, living in the secular world and under the dominion of Satan? Every day, they do not know whether they will live or die; whenever they go out, they do not know whether they will encounter some misfortune; they know neither peace nor joy; and their hearts are full of terror, unease, and fear. They know what the consequences of betraying God are, so they are in a state of anxiety all day long, and they do not know when disaster will strike them, and when they will be punished. This is what it feels like in people’s hearts when God detests and rejects them: They are trapped in the darkness with no way out, every step they take is so difficult and frightening, and their lives are so painful. Do you think that these people live painful lives because they are chasing after fame and fortune, pursuing the secular world, living a life of comfort, and following the path of the unbelievers? No. It is because once God has forsaken them, He no longer cares about them. Without God’s protection and care, they become people under Satan’s dominion and they immediately fall into the darkness. The first thing people feel when they fall into the darkness is that their hearts are no longer at peace, and they no longer feel the presence of God. They feel that the world is full of terror, traps, deception, and danger, and that life is even harder. Does it matter what their status is in the world? Does it matter how capable or powerful they are? No. All those who do not believe in God or who are cast out by Him will end with this outcome, falling into a living hell, which is so painful. All sorts of living ghosts will harm you every day there. It is unlivable; it is simply a life worse than death.
When people are under God’s protection, they feel secure, at peace, and joyful. They can live as humans and engage in all the activities of normal humanity; everything about them is regular and as it should be, and their hearts are free and relaxed. When people lose the care and protection of God, those feelings disappear, so they respond to all the people, events, and things around them with their own skills, abilities, thoughts, and life philosophies, and also with their own hotheadedness. What are all these people, events, and things around them? They are all the bad people, the evil people, the greater and smaller demons, and evil spirits. Will people’s lives be good if they are in such a place of unclean spirits without God’s protection? (No.) That is why people cannot enjoy a single good day after leaving God; living becomes just that difficult for them. When people live under God’s care and protection, they do not know to cherish it and they do not take it seriously; once God forsakes them, it is too late for regret, and that really is a catastrophe of immense proportions! Only when people live under God’s orchestration, care, and protection can they know true happiness, peace, and joy, which is the peace and joy felt deep within one’s heart that comes from God. Once people lose God’s care and protection, the pain, worry, anxiety, unease, and dread that lie deep within their hearts begin to gradually increase. The suffering in their hearts grows, and it is difficult for them to extricate themselves from it; they cannot break free. How great can a person’s skills and strengths be? What is it that you face alone? You face all kinds of unclean and evil spirits! Outwardly, they look like people: They have shapes, forms, flesh, and blood. But these people are all of Satan, and it is Satan and every kind of evil and unclean spirit that manipulates them. How capable can one person be, in the face of these things? Can they be unafraid? Can they enjoy peace and joy? No matter how great of a figure they are, no matter how capable or how fierce they may be, how will they feel when they are living under Satan’s dominion, and in this world? Once they are alone and have calmed down, they will think about the people, events, and things around them and how difficult it is for them to deal with every single thing that comes their way; they must rack their brains in order to handle all of them. What an ordeal it is, for them to use human’s strength and means to settle all of these things! That’s how hard it is for them to live; that’s how painful it is. Some people say that great figures do not suffer such pains, but in fact, they suffer more. Ordinary people face a small circle of life, whereas great figures face a bigger circle of life and greater suffering and torment. Do they know happiness? (They don’t.) So, once people have lost God’s care and protection, and have been forsaken by Him, what kind of life will they face? They will face all of those unclean and evil spirits single-handedly and alone—that makes for an unendurable life! They may die at any time under fire from their adversaries or as a result of their schemes, and they lead exhausting, painful, and tormented lives. Some people are foolish and think that it is tedious to believe in God, constantly pursuing the truth, and always focusing on submitting to God and on listening to God’s words; they think that it is worldly people who are free, and feel that believing in God is meaningless, so they do not want to believe anymore. They always think in this way, but one day they will learn what the consequences of this are.
In the hands of the Creator, people enjoy endless peace, joy, blessings, protection, and care, while those who lack humanity and have no conscience will not experience these things. However, once a person has been forsaken by God, they will immediately feel the pain of darkness descend upon them, and at that time they will understand completely how happy and joyful it used to be believing in God, performing their duties, and living in God’s house and in His presence, but it will already be too late. You may say, “I regret leaving God. Can I start afresh believing in Him?” Does God give such opportunities? (He does not.) If you no longer want God, can God still want you? Do you not love Satan? You love Satan in your heart, but you still want to follow God to obtain some blessings. Could God agree to this? (He could not.) That is how it is. Therefore, people must come into God’s presence often to ponder and think through these things: what true happiness is; how to live in order to have true happiness, joy, and peace; and what things are most valuable and worthy of being cherished in people’s lives. These things must be pondered. The more you ponder on the proper things and on the truth, the more God will enlighten and guide you, and let you understand, know, and see, and the more enlightened and illuminated you will become in terms of practicing and entering into the truth—will your faith not then become greater and greater? If you are always lazy and defiant, always averse to and not liking the truth; if you never want to come into God’s presence and are always thinking of being dissolute and of straying from God; and if you accept neither His guidance, His care, nor His protection, then can God compel you? If this is your attitude, God will certainly not enlighten you, so you will have little faith. The longer you believe, the less energy you will have, and then you will complain, spread your notions and negativity, and in time, you will cause trouble. Once you have caused trouble and disturbed the work of the church, God’s house will no longer treat you so kindly, and it will clear you out or expel you, and you will come to the end of your path of belief in God. Who will be to blame for this? (The person themselves.) This is the end that comes to people who believe in God, but do not pursue the truth. As the saying goes, “It takes more than one cold day for the river to freeze three feet deep.” If you have believed in God for several years but have not pursued the truth, and you have chosen the path of the world, and to follow Satan instead of God, then God will forsake and abandon you. God does not force people. God’s salvation, His word, and His truth and life are freely given to man; He does not ask you for money or make deals with you. If you not only refuse to accept the truth but also complain to God and disturb the work of the church, are you not asking for trouble? What will God do then? He will certainly abandon you, and this will be your comeuppance. If you reject God’s great salvation when it is at hand, and still feel wronged and wish to make a deal with God, this is truly unreasonable! If that’s the case, then you should go back to the muddy pit of the world and get by however you wish! God will no longer care, and in this your end will be decided. Some say, “If people no longer want God, why doesn’t He let them die?” Are there not those who think like this? (There are.) Some people are cruel and say, “If a person doesn’t follow God, God should curse them, punish them, and then destroy them!” Do you think that this is the disposition of God? (No, it is not.) God does not do that; He does not force people. What a person’s life will be like is already determined by God, and God does not work in haphazard ways. That person’s fate, destination, and ending have been predetermined by God, and if they do not follow God, then God will still let them live in that way naturally according to their original destiny. God will hand them over to Satan, and that will be the end of it; their outcome will ultimately be determined by God at the time that it ought to be, at the end of their life. God will not upset all these laws. In the words of man, God acts in a particularly rational way, unlike the insidiousness and viciousness of the antichrists, who say: “If you do not follow me, I’ll kill you!” What kind of disposition is that? It is that of a bandit, it is the disposition of a brigand, of a rogue. God does not behave in this way. God says, “If you do not follow Me, then return to Satan, and henceforth all ties between us will be cut off. You will enjoy neither My protection nor My care; you will have no share in this blessing. Live as you like; it is up to you to choose!” God is tolerant of people and He does not force them, unlike Satan, who always wants to control and hold on to you, forever, even if that is not what you wish. God does not do that. God has His own principles for doing things; He asks people to follow Him, but He never forces them. As a created being, if you cannot accept the truth, if you cannot perform the duties of a created being, you will never obtain God’s blessing.
November 7, 2017